Luke 18:1-8 (English Standard Version)

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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought 1always to pray and not 2lose heart. 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who 3neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 4'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And 5will not God give justice to 6his elect, 7who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them 8speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, 9will he find faith on earth?"
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